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Digital Arts Festival
FIRA MONTJUÏC BARCELONA / 8-9 NOV 2024
00:00:00
Rafael Toral MIRA 2024

Saturday 09

Rafael Toral

LIVE

THE MOST FULLY REALIZED AND METAPHORIC EXPLORATION OF THE AMBIENT SOUND

Rafael Toral will be at MIRA 2024 presenting his brand new album Spectral Evolution. The album imbues the ambiance of jazz harmony-inspired interplay with dense electronic mass in a new expanding universe.

Born in Lisbon, Rafael Toral has been bouncing between the music within sounds and the sounds beyond music since he was a teenager. As a producer, composer and performer, he has been deeply involved with Rock, Ambient, Contemporary, Electronic and Free Jazz music in different periods of his life. He played his first gig as a drummer in 1984, but would be noted instead as a guitarist.

In the early 90’s he created a blend of ambient and rock, recording acclaimed albums like Wave Field (Drag City) or Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance (Touch). By the early 2000’s, in a radical shift he launched the “Space Program”, a 15 year project exploring an approach to electronic music based on silence, through physical gesture and human decision-making on phrasing and swing, deeply inspired by post-free jazz. The resulting music, “melodic without notes, rhythmic with no beat, familiar but strange, meticulous but radically free”, has been described as “a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers”. 

His thinking and practicing an understanding of silence as “space”, with a clear function in music creation, is also a metaphor for social relationships and a statement on information and sensory overload.